Saul Milton and Will Kennard are the epic production duo behind one of the best electronic groups out of London, Chase and Status. Andy Gangadeen and MC Rage are additions who make up the live band. Saul and Will initially met at university in Manchester while one studied the history of art at Victoria University and the other studied English and humanities at Metro. Both of which decided to drop out and pursue their musical careers, which typically is frowned upon, however, we are very glad they did! Chase and Status first starting making some headway when they had three number one tracks on the UK Dance Chart between 2007 and 2009, one of which was “Pieces” featuring Plan B. This is the first of many songs below and the music video is a little cray, but spoke to me in some way, shape, or form thus claiming the top spot. I absolutely love the transitions from the acoustic guitar to the drum and bass in this one! Their first album, More Than a Lot, debuted in October 2008 and received the best album award at the 2009 drum and bass awards. ”Against All Odds” featuring Kano is another track from their first album and has a little different feel. Completely veering off the dnb train, this track breaks out the funk and absolutely kills it!
Before we delve into the awesomeness of their second album, No More Idols, we first have to give a listen to one of their newest releases “Big Man” featuring Liam Bailey. This song is fresh off of soundcloud and until recently has only been heard in concert. Not only is this a free download but this is a straight filthy song, bringing together some epic guitar, great vocals, and some electronic pew pew. This next track is a remix of “Let You Go” done by Nero. A great remix of the original, this one drops into some nasty dubstep and has been heard throughout the world with Nero‘s most recent tour.
Chase and Status‘ second album, No More Idols, was debuted at number 2 in the UK and was certified Gold in the first week of sales by the BPI. The following are music videos of songs which were all on this album. ”Time” featuring Delilah marked the duo’s fourth consecutive top 40 hit, which peaked on the UK Charts at #21. The video is quite depressing as it depicts a young girls family struggles from an abusive father, bringing some further emotion into the song. I really enjoy Delilah‘s vocals over the subtle dnb beat, a very clean production! Their collaboration with Sub Focus, “Flashing Lights” featuring Takura, is a great down tempo dnb track that has such a good flow to it. Stepping up the tempo a bit with a real nasty beat and some dirty raps is”Hitz” featuring Tinie Tempah. Last one up, “Blind Faith” featuring Liam Bailey, has quite the intro on the video, delaying the song until about 1 minute 20 seconds. I’d be surprised if you haven’t heard this one, with the epic beat and that lovely “Sweet Sensation” vocal clip, this is one to remember!
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